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Espresso Recipe - Ristretto
Ristretto or 'corto' as it is popularly called is a hot favorite of coffee lovers who would like to experiment on different varieties of espresso types. This espresso coffee is prepared by a very small shot of espresso. A shot is made of 1 to 1 1/2 ounces...
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There are three forms that espresso coffee is presented in for sale: espresso pods, whole coffee beans and pre-ground that comes in jars. The jarred ones are nearly always blends. The dark roasts are the best. However it is rather challenging to decide which form is best and to buy when you need it for home espresso making.
Jarred coffee, even if it is a dark roast are normally too coarse for home espresso brewing.
Some jarred coffees however are made specifically for espresso making and produce an enjoyable cup of espresso. Jarred espresso coffee has drawbacks. You can never get a fresh tasting coffee from a jar and the difference is seen when the coffee beans are freshly ground before brewing.
Coffee pods are a new trend. Similar to the tea bag there are special machines that are made just for the coffee pods but not all espresso makers are designed for them. Ease of use and just the right amount of coffee for espresso in a pod are the great advantages of using coffee pods. However the draw backs are that they lack variety and far more expensive when compared to the
jarred and whole-bean coffee.
Though the coffee pods offer more choices than jarred coffee, there is less variety than whole beans, but are very good for beginners.
You will find that by finely grinding whole beans just before brewing will ensure the highest amount of quality and freshness. You can buy whole coffee beans in two forms, one is from bulk bins fresh and the other in valve bags. Beans should always be fresh and stored air tight, thus making the valve bags the preferred choice that guarantees freshness. Bulk bins may contain coffee that may have been roasted that very day but there's no guarantee in knowing whether it was. When shopping for quality coffee beans look for the dark roasts. It is a matter of taste that you select beans till you find the one that best fits your tastes.
Beans can be found in specialty stores.